Tag Archives: Mourvedre

Own Rooted Vines: The Risk

Today, Stolpman Vineyards stands at 41% own-rooted, with over 100,000 vines on their own European Vinifera roots. While this exposes us to the risk of phylloxera, we believe that Ballard Canyon’s arid climate, combined with our practice of withholding irrigation for six months every year, greatly reduces the likelihood that the bug could live and thrive in our vineyard. The root louse is much more Read More →

Dry Farming: Pushing the Limits

By forcing our vines to ripen grapes without irrigation, Stolpman Vineyards achieves naturally concentrated, vibrant flavors. Our dry farming technique might be the most important element of our viticultural methodology. In the 2012-2014 drought years, we reverted to Michel Roland’s definition of dry farming: no vines are irrigated after fruit set when tiny grapes appear. Without rainfall in Santa Barbara County from April through harvest, Read More →

Planting Mourvedre Cuttings

Planting Mourvedre Cuttings The sight of tiny, neatly stacked bundles of cuttings taught us our first lesson about Enz Vineyard Mourvedre. The piles were much smaller than we expected. Ruben had asked vintner Russell Enz to give us vine cuttings containing five buds each. Upon examination, each tiny stick did contain five buds, but they were twice as compact as we are accustomed to seeing Read More →

Procurement of Mourvedre Cuttin

Excited about our plan to potentially revolutionize New World Mourvedre, it came time to find the ideal cuttings for our ambitious project. With 36,000 vines going into the ground on the highest, steepest limestone ridge of the vineyard, I did not take this decision lightly. The Connection A few years back, we met Ian Brand in his Salinas winery. On the concrete crush pad he Read More →

Ruben & his Legacy Project

For the past 27 years Ruben Solorzano has soaked up every drop of knowledge from his mentors. He first turned to his older brother Marcos for guidance, and through the 1990s, Jeff Newton took Ruben under his wing. Then Sashi Moorman and Alberto Antonini came on the scene in 2001, and a few years later, Michel Rolland began consultations. Today Ruben stays in regular contact Read More →

Mourvedre Revisited

In the 90s, after we tasted the stand-out success of Syrah, we planted a two acre test block of Mourvedre. After 10 years we concluded that the vineyard is too cold for the varietal – most years we failed to get it adequately ripe. We grafted the vines to Syrah. Today, on the heels of three warm vintages and armed with new approaches to viticulture, Read More →

Fatalistic Farmer

  The Looming Threats Judging by the past three glorious vintages and the moment’s decent national economy, wine quality and subsequent demand is stronger than ever. In this respect, Stolpman Vineyard’s future is looking great. However, at the end of the day, we are farmers. Doom always lurks around the corner. Customers constantly inquire about the drought. For now – thanks to our quality-oriented decision Read More →